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The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk. Along with punk, their music incorporated elements of reggae, dub, funk, and rockabilly. For most of their recording career the Clash consisted of Joe Strummer (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Simonon (bass guitar, vocals) and Nicky "Topper" Headon (drums, percussion). Headon left the group in 1982, and internal friction led to Jones' departure the following year. The group continued with new members, but finally disbanded in early 1986.

The Clash achieved commercial success in the United Kingdom with the release of their debut album, The Clash, in 1977. Their third album, London Calling, released in the UK in December 1979, earned them popularity in the United States when it came out there the following month. It was declared the best album of the 1980s a decade later by Rolling Stone magazine. In 1982 they reached new heights of success with the release of Combat Rock, which spawned the US top 10 hit "Rock the Casbah", helping the album to achieve a 2x Platinum certification there. Their final album, Cut the Crap, was released in 1985.

The Clash's politicised lyrics, musical experimentation, and rebellious attitude had a far-reaching influence on rock, alternative rock in particular. They became widely referred to as "The Only Band That Matters", originally a promotional slogan introduced by the group's record label, CBS. In January 2003, the band--including original drummer Terry Chimes--were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the Clash number 28 on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.

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Mick Jones and Paul Simonon open up about reforming The Clash

Mick Jones and Paul Simonon open up about reforming The Clash

Pair say they're pleased they didn't accept offers to reunite

  • Nov 19, 2013

Mick Jones reveals he was writing songs with Joe Strummer prior to his death

Guitarist confirms he worked on new material in the studio around 2002

  • Oct 4, 2013

Mick Jones compares The Clash's career-spanning boxset to 'Breaking Bad'

The band's 13-disc 'Sound System' boxset will be released later this month

  • Sep 3, 2013

The Clash pop-up store to open in London

Black Market Clash will feature an exhibition of rare band memorabilia and artifacts

  • Aug 21, 2013

The Clash's Jones, Simonon and Headon to unite for exclusive 6 Music interview

A small number of fans will be able to attend the interview at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios on September 6

  • Aug 18, 2013

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